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Former Rugby Star On A Mission To Koro

Former national rugby star centre turned winger and China Women’s 7s coach, Tomasi Cama (Senior) arrived in the country yesterday on a mission to his village in Sinuvaca, Koro. “I’ve
27 Nov 2018 11:07
Former Rugby Star On A Mission To Koro
Tomasi Cama (Snr) with Fiji Sun journalist Lusiana Tuimaisala in Beijing, China on November 24, 2018. Tuimaisala has spent this year on a programme in China featuring business and finance journalism. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

Former national rugby star centre turned winger and China Women’s 7s coach, Tomasi Cama (Senior) arrived in the country yesterday on a mission to his village in Sinuvaca, Koro.

“I’ve been around the world but my heart is always at home,” Cama said.

“Returning to my roots and to complete my mission is something I have been praying and fasting about it for years.”

Speaking to SUNsports, he said one of the reasons of why he is returning home is to help rebuild the village church, which was completely destroyed by Cyclone Winston in 2016.

“Apart from the church he has two other important things to resolve.

“There is much going on in the village and my help is needed. I can’t be barking, talking and watching them like this, so I need to go back home and be the first to walk the talk,” Cama who played at centre for the Flying Fijians at the 1987 Rugby World Cup said.

“This is my mountain and I know with God nothing is impossible.”

Cama was one of stars in Fiji’s win at the Hong Kong 7s from 1990-1992 and he has been coaching the Anhui Women’s Club in China for the past seven years.

 

DECISION TIME

His contract which was recently renewed has been put on hold since he has been given time to think about it.

“When I told the club management about my resignation, they didn’t accept it. I told them everything and the reasons for coming back to Fiji.

“So they gave me 21 days leave to think about it then I’ll decide on whether to resign or not.”

He said his resignation from the club would depend once his mission is completed.

Cama also indicated that inside him he has a feeling that he would not return to China after 21-days and would resign from Fiji.

“First, I’ll have to complete my mission to the village, because this is what God has called me to do. And if any other international rugby club needs me after that then I will go.”

Cama has spent the past six years in China.

 

LIFT YOUR GAME

For the Anhui Women’s club, they are now taking part in the HSBC World Sevens Series, and are trying their best to qualify to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

“If I don’t return to China, I hope they will continue with whatever I have taught them.”

Cama said for most players in Fiji, rugby has been their bread and butter and that is why they need to lift their game.

“If any rugby club in Fiji needs my help while I’m around, I’m always willing to help and lift the standard of our players.”

 

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

Feedback:  leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 



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